Denver Defense Clamps Down

Denver Pioneers defense clamps down in victory over the Hoyas, 13-7. The Georgetown Hoyas (4-1, 3-1 Big East) went into Peter Barton Stadium to challenge the Denver Pioneers (6-2, 4-0 Big East). The contest was scheduled for last Saturday but a snowstorm in the area scuttled those plans.

Georgetown came in having lost just once (15-1) since a Tournament defeat at the hands of Yale in April 2019. Offensive whiz, Jake Carraway (2g) started the parade :51 seconds in to put the Hoyas in front, 1-0. Ad

Three minutes later, the Hoyas went up, 2-1 when TJ Haley (2a) hit Declan McDermott (2g,1a). The Denver defense took over and the attack reaped the benefits with Sam Dwinell (1g), Jack Hannah (4g) with a pair with the first being an EMO, to close out the 3-2 Denver lead after 15:00.

The Denver onslaught continued in the second quarter courtesy of Danny Logan (1g), Lucas Cotler (1g,1a) Hannah collecting his 13th of the season, and Jackson Morrill (4a) with the helper on Ted Sullivan’s (1g) marker that got it to 7-2. Carraway countered with his 21st and Graham Bundy Jr. (2g) closed the gap to a more manageable, 7-4.

With :15 remaining in the half, Alex Simmons (2g) buried a feed from Ethan Walker to end the half with the Pios in control, 8-4. It took all of :53 for McDermott to make it three goal game at 8-5. The remainder of the quarter was owned by Denver with scores from, Jack Hanna picking up his 19th, Alex Simmons (15th) and Walker.

All three markers were assisted by Jackson Morrill and the final quarter was upon us with an 11-5 Georgetown deficit. Peter Thompson (1g) and Bundy Jr. cut it to 11-7 with 8:35 to play. Just eight seconds after the Bundy Jr. tally, Ethan Walker picked up his 17th. Walker would add his third of the day and Denver walked away with the 13-7 victory.

How good was the Denver defense? Georgetown was averaging 18 goals a game. In the Bill Tierney era, when holding opponents to single digits. Denver moves to 101-6.

Shots were 46-39 Georgetown and On Goal was Hoyas having 19 but Denver had 25. Ground Balls favored Georgetown, 30-23. Turnovers were just about even with Georgetown scooping 17 to the Pios 15. James Reilly went 11 of 23 from the “X” for Georgetown while the Pios, Alec Stahakis was 13 for 24. Owen Reilly for G’town and Jack Thompson for Denver each turned away 12 shots. Denver Pioneers defense clamps down in victory over the Hoyas.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.